Why You Don’t Have to Live in LA to Make Movies, and Why You May be Better Off Outside LA

  So when I let people know I was moving from Southern California back home to South Carolina many assumed I wasn’t going to be involved in movies anymore, but in reality the opposite is true, I can do more and be more involved 3000 miles away from Hollywood than I ever could 30 minutes […]

Top 5 Lessons I Learned Making My First Film – Broad Strokes Edition

Top 5 Lessons I Learned Making My First Film – Broad Strokes Edition If nothing else I hope these rambling encourage a budding filmmaker to go out there and actually make a film, while selfishly also encouraging me to keep making films despite setbacks and disappointments, so with that in mind I figure why not […]

Catching up – Where Did 6 Months Go?

Catching up – Where Did 6 Months Go? Ok so after realizing it’s been like six months since my lazy ass managed to write anything here I figured I should catch up anyone reading this on what’s been happening. Agnation had a great short festival run, then I put it back into post to make […]

Horror Feature Film Agnation to Premiere at Motor City Nightmares

Agnation, the feature film debut of writer and director Dan Swift will be premiering at Motor City Nightmare on Saturday April 23rd at 8:45pm. Agnation is the story of a freshly minted real estate agent who along with a close friend buys a house sight unseen at auction for a quick flip to cover the […]

6 Reflections on a film Re-edit

So I have been absent for a while working on a major re-edit of my feature film debut Agnation. Emerging from my editing cave with the usual warning – everything here is my personal take on my experience making my first feature film. I do cuss a lot, both in real life and on paper […]

New Year New Film Edit

The warning – as always these ramblings are my unfiltered experiences through the filmmaking process. If you don’t really care how sausage is made then click away now, otherwise welcome to my world. Just making a movie is difficult but making a movie the absolute best it can be is a monumental task. So much goes […]

A Peak Behind the Curtain – The Editing Process

For a filmmaker the editing process can be like a walk through hell that is so terrifying that Dante didn’t even mention it. You basically spend hundreds of hours staring at your footage noticing what you did wrong or should have done differently. But that is a healthy process because it means that you are […]

Reel Talk – The Battle For Your Budget

The warning – as always these ramblings are my unfiltered experiences through the filmmaking process. A little additional warning here, this about a particular and wide reaching aspect of filmmaking but it is sort of a how the sausage is made exploration so if you don’t really care how sausage is made then click away […]